what we do

SORBA supports regional efforts and our local trail champions. By providing the tools to be effective trail stewards, SORBA provides the opportunities for everyone to get outside and enjoy the trails we all enjoy. And it is through these regional efforts, shared learning, and financial support that the Southeast is on the forefront of sustainable trails and a leader in trail advocacy and stewardship.

See a list of our programs below. And if you want to get involved to support trails on a regional level get in touch!

SORBA Summit and Fall Meeting

The SORBA Summit, held in the Spring, is a multi-day opportunity for all trail supporters to come together for educational and networking opportunities. We feature trail specific training like chainsaw certification and crew leader training, as well as many other breakout sessions, a Board of Directors Meeting, Socials and Group Rides. We encourage everyone to attend, not just SORBA members.

The Fall Meeting is a one-day event, geared towards our SORBA chapter leaders. At our fall meeting we have a Board of Directors meeting and state work sessions where chapter leaders can come together to discuss the direction of SORBA and the needs for each state.

For both the Summit and Fall meeting we offer a Scholarship Program for those who do not have the means to attend and otherwise. For more information about the Summit and Fall Meetings check out our events page. And to apply for a scholarship, contact us for more information.

Liability Insurance

While not the most exciting of programs, our insurance coverage helps “keep the lights on” for trail stewardship across the Southeast. SORBA provides liability insurance for all of its chapters and volunteers. This insurance covers trail construction, maintenance, and organized group rides. We leverage coverage for all of our organizations to maintain a competitive rate that would not be obtainable by some organizations without our collaboration.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year, one hard-working volunteer from each of our 7 SORBA States (AL, GA, FL, MS, NC, SC & TN) is recognized at our annual Volunteer of the Year Banquet for their exceptional contributions, and given a $500 grant to their local chapter. The volunteers are nominated by their peers and selected based on their merits as a trail advocate and positive force in their community.

Stewardship Training

SORBA offers various training opportunities for those involved with trail systems to optimize their efforts effectively, professionally and sustainably. These classes include Trail Crew Leader Training, Chainsaw Certification and Trail Assessment, among others. Participants are trained in finding problem areas within existing trail networks, grading the issue, and giving recommendations on best steps to rectify the issue, as well as volunteer management and certification of specific skillsets.

Government Relations

We assist chapters in creating professional agreements with government agencies at the local, state and Federal levels. And assist with National Forest Planning, State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans and Legislative Initiatives.

SORBA Stories Podcast

Our SORBA Stories Podcast is the only podcast powered by y’all. Thanks to our members, we can share the people and the places that make mountain biking in the southeast an incredible experience. In each episode, we feature individuals from across the region to tell their stories centered around the trails they love. We hope you enjoy the ride!

SORBA Sessions

SORBA Sessions are our live support webinar trainings where we feature topics relevant to chapter education, often led by fellow chapter leaders, showcasing and inspiring others with their success and insight. Topics such as financial best practices, volunteer tracking and recognition, and nonprofit management are shared live and recorded for chapters to reference.

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